We had the good fortune of connecting with Kennedy Rae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kennedy, how do you think about risk?
I believe that to be successful in anything, you have to take risk. My freshman year of college I asked my mentor if he could give me any advice to help me throughout my college journey. He responded with “You should get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” and that always stuck with me. Taking risk can be uncomfortable sometimes, but they’re worth it. I moved to Atlanta from my hometown at the age of 20, with a dream of creating art that will make people feel something. And a year and a half later I’m working for a production company and creating some of best work yet… and this is just the beginning. All from putting myself out there and taking risks.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My Art should make you feel something… This current series I’m working on is highlighting the beauty of Blackness in every aspect. Black Hair, Black Skin, Black Luxury, All of it. I’m most proud of my most recent work dedicated to Afros, but I know the work that’s coming soon will be even more breathtaking. Putting myself out there and making connections is what I believe got me where I am today, but this is just the beginning. My mom always said “It’s not what you know, but who” and meeting individuals who I learned from and were inspired by absolutely pushed me to dig deeper into who I am as a photographer, videographer, and creative in general. None of this was easy and its evident that the hard work is no where near finished but that’s the exciting part! Easy is boring… Everything good comes from putting in the work. KRV (Kennedy Rae Visualz) is so much more than a photography brand. I want to change peoples perspectives on life itself. There is so much color and beauty in this world and I want to tap into it all and create Art, every time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is so funny because my 22nd birthday was on March 2nd and my best friend did come down to Atlanta to spend it with me! First thing we did…. go to The Garden Room restaurant in Buckhead! It looks like a cherry blossom tree heaven, I mean the aura is amazing. Next day, we had to go to a good brunch so of course we stopped by Breakfast at Barneys. After we caught a movie at the luxury movie theater I been dying to go to, IPIC, to see the new Batman and ended our day with a picnic in Piedmont Park. We also got a hotel and had a little staycation in Midtown at the Moxy. This very cute ATL themed hotel right on the midtown strip where a few clubs and restaurants are located. The weekend I wanted to show her all of my favorite lounges and clubs so we stopped by Cru on peters st, as well as Our Bar ATL because I love those places. Definitely recommend checking out any of the places mentioned if you want to have a great experience!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost I would like to shoutout my amazing mother, Donna Hundley, for believing in me more than I believed in myself and supporting every single business idea I brought to you! LOL. Secondly, I would like to publicly thank the VTV Network and BlaqkNoyzeProduktionz for mentoring me and allowing me to get first hand experience on many different production sets. Thirdly, Dave my first photography mentor who taught me as many of the basics and pro tips of photography that he could in one month. I always appreciate you! Last, but not least my family and friends who supported me day in and day out.
All pictures were shot and edited by me. The photos of me were randomly shot on a kodak film camera